I have a very BIG CONFESSION to make:
As a Type A professional, I love being an authority. I truly hate being a beginner because that means that I am making dumb (in my mind) mistakes that I wouldn’t make being an expert. However, I know that this the start of the process towards becoming an expert. Still I detest this part of the journey because I am bumbling and feeling my way through the process until I start becoming competent. I have shot a FB Live video discussing my loathing about starting out as a beginner but it is better than staying stagnant.
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First Happy Halloween everyone! Today is a festive day full of fun and candy! Now that is positive change. In the spirit of Halloween and change management, below is a story about Jack the pumpkin and how he is navigating Halloween using change management principles:
I know that my readership are high achieving professionals whom are experts in their respective fields. I know from first-hand experience that becoming a beginner is very hard especially when our current habits are detrimental towards your continued success. One of the fears is starting over as a beginner. It is because you are so accustomed towards being an expert. You hate the sunk costs of the trial and error of becoming a beginner again. Yet when things are not working, it is essential that you change. Remember, you have 61 more days left in 2016 and if you start today, you will no longer be a beginner come December 31st.
Since I have mentioned that after Halloween, there are only 61 more days, I am pulling up article from the archives about maximizing your productivity and positive change in the last 2 months of the year.
Finally, as I have mentioned in a previous email about my involvement of being part of the HER Chronicles 2 anthology. I am very happy to be a coauthor. This project affords me the opportunity to tell people my financial literacy story about moving from ChexSystems to over 720 credit. Most people want to improve their credit but don’t know how. I have done it and my story, Fighter : We Aren’t Born, We’re Made! HER Chronicles is available for pre-order here: http://herchroniclesbook.com/
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Oftentimes many people are dissuaded from starting new tasks or changing their habits because they are not expert. It is important to remember that everyone starts off as an amateur. No one instantly becomes an expert. Of course, you want to become an expert one day but getting started is the first step.
I admit that I fall into this trap. When you have a degree, certification or a certain success level, you hate even thinking about the reality of starting over. You realize how much time and effort it takes to accomplish these things; however, you must admit that eating unhealthy, not exercising and procrastination are not good habits. We must change our habits like yesterday. We must also change our unrealistic perceptions of what new habits’ successes would look like. Remember, our future success may not look like our current success. For example, your definition of success receiving your degree differs from your success definition of receiving your first job. As we advance through life, our success definition changes. That’s why when you decide to change, you cannot uphold your future success definition to your current one. Therefore, allow yourself to be a beginner by starting right now!
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